GROWN UP IN CHRIST

December 6, 2009

 

   II Peter 3:18 Peter tells us that we are to “grow in grace”. Remember, grace is God doing everything! What does it mean to “grow in grace”? Really, there is only one way to explain growing in grace and that is this: The more we let God do in us the more we grow as Christians.

   I John 2:13; I Corinthians 3:1 The New Testament speaks clearly regarding the four stages of spiritual growth; babies, children, young men, and fathers; each of us fit into one of these four.

   Ephesians 4:14-15 Paul exhorts us to “grow up”, but our growing is not in ourselves, we are to grow up into Christ. The only way to grow into Him is to  let Christ do more and for us to do less. The more He does through us the easier it gets for us, (Matthew 11:30).

   II Thessalonians 1:2-3 In these verses Paul talks about grace and faith as equals. He talks of grace coming from God the Father and Jesus Christ, and then he talks of the church’s faith that is growing. It is vital for us to understand that we cannot grow up in grace without growing in faith.    Hebrews 11:6 We must realize it is faith that moves God to act positively, without it He will not move one inch on our behalf. If grace is God doing everything then it is only common sense to understand that the more we have faith in what He says, the more grace He will bestow on us.

 

LABORING FOR CHRIST    

 

   I Corinthians 15:10 When Paul speaks of laboring, he doesn’t mean himself because to Paul it wasn’t him that was doing the work. Christ did it through him, Galatians 2:20).

   Acts 16 22-25 It was not a big mental, emotional or spiritual strain for Paul to be put in jail for the cause of Christ. Paul was happy to be beaten for the cause of his Lord.

   Philippians 4:11-13 Paul enjoyed his Christian life whether he was preaching or being beaten because he was not the one living his life, it was Christ living it for him.

   If we are struggling, sweating, worrying and straining we are not living Christianity we are living a religion that is not Christ centered. Christianity is God doing it all through us.       

   II Corinthians 1:8-9 As things got tougher for Paul as he grew in Christ and in His grace, Paul just applied Galatians 2:20 and went on with whatever the Lord allowed to happen. Paul completely trusted in God and surrendered himself to God. Paul counted himself as dead but alive for Christ.

 

GOD IS FAITHFUL

 

   I Corinthians 1:9; I Thessalonians 5:24 According to these two verses, God has called us to the fellowship of believers; that is , He called us to be His obedient children in the service of Christ. How much does this verse ask us to do? As I see it God doesn’t ask us to do anything, as a matter of fact the verse tells us that “He will do it”. If that is the case why do we get all upset and frustrated when we are called to serve in some capacity within our church??      

   I Corinthians 10:13-14 We must remember that there is nothing new to God. The devil loves to make us think that “no one has ever been in this situation”. God promises that He is faithful to make a way for us to be able to not sin against Him.

   I John 1:9 God is also faithful to restore fellowship with us when we do sin. He never sends us away broken but is longsuffering and full of mercy and grace toward His children.

   Romans 10:17 Throughout the Bible, God shows us that He is a God that can be trusted to do what He says He will do. When we say “I just don’t have a lot of faith”, what we are really saying is that we don’t trust God at His Word. The best solution to this problem is to study your Bible and let God show you that He is a God of faithfulness. Soon you will be “growing up in Christ”.